Beachfront deal
Inn offers amazing prices for Santa Barbara
People who live in Santa Barbara will tell  1you it's an expensive place to settle down -- but if you want to just visit, there are some amazing low prices available for an inn right on the beach.

From November through January, the Cabrillo Inn offers comfortable rooms for just $99 a night.

Yes, it's possible to pay bargain basement rates and still be on the beach in Santa Barbara. Go to any city or town in California and it's often hard to find a good room for just $99—forget about a beach. Getting that rate on the beach in Santa Barbara really is extraordinary.

The only small catch is that this rate doesn't give you a unit facing the ocean—but for just a few dollars more you can get the ocean-facing unit and, even if you don't, how tough is it to walk out the door, turn the corner and see East Beach and the vast Pacific Ocean in front of you?

Most of the units at the Cabrillo Inn are relatively small, motor-inn style and there is a small swimming pool and comfortable deck area where you can bask in the sun or read the Santa Barbara News Press or catch up on whatever book you're reading. The ocean stretches out before you—on the other side of a road and public park—and you'll enjoy the same ocean breezes as the major hotels close by. The deck also is an ideal location to enjoy the rather elaborate breakfast (for the price) that all guests get free with their room.

If you want more space and maybe the best ocean view of any Santa Barbara hotel room, check out the Cabrillo's third-floor suite with its panoramic picture windows and full ocean view, as well as a living room area, a small kitchen and a dining room.

But whether you stay at the Cabrillo or one of several high-end hotels nearby, the East Beach area is a good choice and definitely visitors' favorite part of the city. You can go on endless walks along the beach enjoying lots of sunshine and a brilliant sunset. Close by is Stearns Wharf, a 130-year-old structure that was built originally to serve passenger and cargo ships. During World War II it became a naval installation and, today, has been turned into a shopping mecca for tourists with several stores and restaurants in a gorgeous setting out over the Pacific Ocean.

Also in the East Beach area is the Sunday Arts and Crafts Show, an eclectic mix of artwork and household items sold by street vendors, many of whom are the actual artists. Visitors and local residents spend hours shopping the fair, which stretches what seems like miles down Cabrillo Blvd. Got someone with you who isn't as excited about crafts or shopping? Turn them loose to walk the nearby beach, one of California's most scenic.

For more information on the Cabrillo Inn, please visit www.cabrillo-inn.com or call (805) 966-1641.
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